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ASRock AM2V890-VSTA VIA K8T890 Socket AM2 Motherboard Review

ASRock AM2V890-VSTA VIA K8T890 Socket AM2 Motherboard Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: The ASRock AM2V890-VSTA Socket AM2 motherboard is the first motherboard to cross PCSTATS test bench based on the VIA K8T890 chipset.
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External Mfg. Website: Asrock Aug 16 2006   Max Page  
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ASRock Motherboard Highlights

Plenty of expansion opportunities here with the ASRock AM2V890-VSTA motherboard. The floppy drive controller is at the bottom of the motherboard, ASRock should have put it somewhere else IMHO. Note the open-ended PCI Express x4 connector which can accommodate a PCI Express x16 videocard. The VIA K8T890 chipset requires nothing more than a passive heatsink cooling.

ASRock colour coordinate the DDR2 memory slots so you will know which slots to use to enable dual channel memory support. If you're upgrading from another Athlon64 platform, take note of AMD's new Socket AM2 heatsink retention mechanism.

The VIA VT8237A Southbridge does not generate much heat, and that's why it does not need to be cooled with a heatsink. Plan your storage purchases accordingly, there are only two Serial ATA and two parallel IDE channels. for storage devices.

Moving to a socket AM2 motherboard can be an exciting change, but there are a few things you need to be aware of when choosing the right after-market heatsink for the new AM2 processor. That's next.

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Contents of Article: Asrock AM2V890-VSTA
 Pg 1.  ASRock AM2V890-VSTA VIA K8T890 Socket AM2 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  — ASRock Motherboard Highlights
 Pg 3.  Socket AM2 Heatsink Specs and Retention
 Pg 4.  Overclocking the ASRock motherboard
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: SYSMark2004
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Office Productivity, SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark05, 3DMark05
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: 3DMark06, FarCry
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: X3: Reunion, Doom 3, Quake 4
 Pg 10.  Vintage VIA K8T890 for AM2 Worthwhile?

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